New Mexico Department of Veteran’s Services
A free seminar to help military veterans who want to start or expand their own business is being presented Sept. 14 and 15 in Mesilla through a cooperative effort by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.
Boots to Business: Reboot, an intensive two-day veterans entrepreneurship seminar, will be presented at the popular historic Las Posta de Mesilla Restaurant in Mesilla, located at 2410 Calle de San Albino from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. A free lunch will be served on both days.
The event is free for business-minded military veterans, Guard/Reserve members/ transitioning active-duty military personnel and their spouses.
Boots to Business: Reboot is a nationwide effort led by representatives from the SBA’s resource partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. It is supported through the SBA’s partnership with Syracuse University’s IVMF.
Boots to Business: Reboot adapts the curriculum from the SBA’s Boots to Business: From Service to Startup program–a training track within the Department of Defense’s three-step “Transition, Goals, Plans, Success”, Transition GPS, program specifically developed to introduce transitioning service members to small business ownership. It has since expanded to include veterans who would like to start a business or expand an existing operation.
Attendees will learn how to evaluate business concepts, understand their market, learn about business economics and financing, selecting a correct legal entity, effective strategies for developing a business plan, and many more critical concepts needed for success in the small business world.
In addition, attendees will have a great opportunity to connect with local resource networks, as well as have an opportunity to take advantage of the counseling and training offered by the SBA’s resource partner network, which include Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE.
Though the seminar is free, pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register for the Boots to Business: Reboot business development seminar in Mesilla, contact Monte Rout at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 524-1968. More information about the Boots to Business: Reboot program can be found at www.boots2businessreboot.org.
Nationwide, veterans own nearly 1 in 10 businesses that generate more than $1 trillion in sales annually. Each year the SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists start and grow their small businesses.
The New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center
The New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center was created by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to help veteran-owned businesses. It was the first such state-funded center in the nation created specifically to help veterans.
The VBOC is administered by the Small Business Administration and managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. It was established through a federal grant to assist military veterans with their business development needs. New Mexico’s VBOC is located in Albuquerque but provides service to any veteran statewide. It is one of only fifteen VBOC offices in the country.
For more information about the VBOC, go to www.nmvboc.org.